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Two-Piece Reclining Figure No. 9, 1968

Henry Moore

English, 1898-1986
Bronze, Edition of 7, Cast No. 2
56-1/2 x 96 x 52 in. (143.5 x 243.8 x 132.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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Henry Moore is widely considered to be the greatest sculptor of the twentieth century. He entered art school at the end of his service in World War I, and was keenly sensitive to the influence of modern and ancient sculptural traditions, especially the figures of Pre-Columbian Mexico. His mature style emerged during the 1930s while he was a young member of the Surrealist circle in England. In the years following World War II he gained an international reputation with his monumental outdoor figurative works. His "Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 9" exemplifies Moore's belief that more abstract forms could possess great spiritual vitality: "In this way I can present the human psychological content of my work with the greatest directness and intensity."

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